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Many patients find it hard to swallow tablets

Many patients find it hard to swallow tablets

Many patients find it hard to swallow tablets

One in three of us has difficulty swallowing tablets and many struggle to complete a full course of prescriptions.

Now, a group of doctors has come up with a formula for helping the medicine go down following tests with 143 patients taking 283 pills.

For ordinary tablets, they recommend using a technique they have called the "pop bottle method".

This involves filling a plastic bottle with water, placing the tablet on the tongue and clamping the lips tightly around the opening of the bottle before drinking. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Fill a flexible plastic water bottle or soft drink bottle with water

Put the tablet on your tongue and close your lips tightly around the opening of the bottle

lTake a drink from the bottle, keeping contact between the bottle and your lips by pursing your lips and using a sucking motion. Swallow the water and the pill right away

Don't let air get into the bottle as you swallow. You should feel the bottle squeeze in on itself as you swallow.

How to swallow tablets with the lean forward method:

Put the capsule on your tongue

Take a medium sip of water, but do not swallow yet

Bend the head forward by tilting your chin slightly toward your chest

Swallow the capsule and the water with the head bent forward.

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